Saturday, January 25, 2014

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Photos of My Power Suit Quilts

Here are photos of my powersuit quilts from the returning exhibits.  
They are made only with suit fabric and the striped tie from my kit.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Women of the Bible Quilt

Was thinking about my women of the bible quilt.  Dolores Quilts - Women of the Bible    Here is a link that gives pictures of each quilt and poem and more information

I just found that there is a women of the bible quilt along starting now.  It is a women's bible study and 52 week of quilt blocks.  It uses simple block patterns to represent each study.  They use the Women of the Bible devotional book by Ann Spangle and Jean Syswerda.  Here is a link to the yahoo group.  I have no connection but thought it was worth passing on.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


As usual I started out the new year with a new word and cleaning my sewing studio.  This years word is choice.  Last year's was evolve.  I think I have improved some of my skills and am hoping to continue improving my drawing skills.  Choice is my word this year because there are so many -- choose to find time for art, chose to keep things organized or not, choose to practice and hone new skills ...   I chose to recover my chair while I was cleaning.  I really like it.   The main cleaning is done, but the small sorting goes on.

I have finally made the commitment to unstitch my goddess for my mother earth quilt.  Taking out tight stitches in 2 pieces of 1 inch foam stacked and fabric was tedious.  I love the new results and can now finish quilting the background and adding the beaded spiderweb.  Then for the trees and 3-D leaves.

I celebrated my 50th birthday early by having a half century celebration party.  The party was to thank all those who have made my life what it is.  The menu was lasagna, spaghetti, garlic bread and vegetable soup.  I also baked two chocolate cakes from scratch and made chocolate molded pretzels.  Family brought fruit and veggie trays.  We had a great time.   Guests were to entertain me.  Even my grandson stood on a bench and sang in front of everyone.  I wrote and sang my own old age song to the tune of My Favorite Things.  (Side note - the malox version going around the web was not written by or sung by Julie Andrews)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Power Suit Quilts

Saturday, my 3 power suit quilt challenge pieces were returned.  They have been on the road since September 2011.  They have been in numerous venues and shows.  There were a total of 108 quilts in Cyndi Souder's Power Suits challenge.   Power Suits also appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Quilt Trends magazine.   Here is a copy of the venue schedule they traveled.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Exhibit Opening and Artist's Reception at Artistic Artifacts
Free admission
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Artistic Artifacts
Cyndi & Judy will be available for questions
Free admission
October 24 to
November 23, 2011
during shop hours
Artistic Artifacts; Free admission
March 14-17, 2012Lancaster Spring Quilt Show
Host Resort, Lancaster, PA
June 7 to July 20, 2012The Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange
Virginia National Bank -- 102 East Main Street, Orange, VA
The Law Offices of Sean D. Gregg -- 111 East Main Street, Orange, VA
August 1-4, 2012Upper MidWest Show/Machine Quilting Today
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee)
September 7 to
October 27, 2012
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
Artist's Reception: September 7, 6-9pm
January 24-27, 2013Road to California
Ontario, California
March 1-31, 2013
Del Ray Artisans' Gallery
Alexandria, Virginia
Power Art; Featuring Power Suits/A Show Within a Show
Showing selected Power Suit Quilts
June 27-29, 2013NQA 44th Annual Quilt Show
Columbus, OH

3 Day Dog Quilts - Dog 2 Thread painting

I finally found time to sew today and finished the pug.  There is always a stage where you think that it all looks bad, and too much thread has been used.  This is when I keep going and add some more. Here 's a look at the thread I chose to paint the pug.  The following are some pictures of the dog in various stages of being thread painted.

Monday, November 25, 2013

3 Day Dog Quilts - Dog 2 fabric

Fabric Dog Stage

Here are some pictures of the process of adding the fabric to my canvas sketch.  I free hand cut all the fabric, added each piece and then choose and cut another piece.  I think the blue and purple under the black thread painted layer will help add dimension.

To hold everything together until covered with thread painting I use a bit of elmers washable school glue and freemotion zig zag stitch with invisible thread.

3 Day Dog Quilts - Dog 2


Here is Dog 2  - such a cute little pug.  I will need to narrow the black section on his face a bit.  The camera angle really distorts the face on the drawn picture.   The sketch on cloth will be where I make the changes before adding the scrap color layer.  


Saturday, November 16, 2013

3 day dogs- dog 1 finished

Okay so it took more than 3 days, but only because I didn't get around to sewing.  I spent 3 hours last night doing the thread painting over my fabric dog.  I am really please with the texture and the colored fabric that shows threw all of the thread.  Used 3 bobbins of sulky invisible thread for the thread painting.   I used mostly Isocord thread on the top which is one of my favorite threads.  Seven colors used, not including the Superior metallic for the collar.  I cropped and added a backing and batting and then out lined the dog and areas I wanted to stand out.  The background was densely free-motioned quilted with a variegated Superior thread in the top a and variegated brown in the bottom.  I used another whole bobbin just for the background even though the entire piece is only about 8 by 7.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

3 Day Dogs - Dog 1 (day1-2)

I've been very busy and have not posted lately.  My newest project is to try and improve my drawing skills and my thread painting.   I downloaded some copyright free images of dogs.  I am using 1 day to sketch the dog and transfer to fabric, one day to freehand cut out fabric and tack it down.  The third day will be to finish with thread painting.  Now I'm not planning on spending an entire day, just allowing a short practice time.

Here are some pictures showing my transition from day 1 to 2.

Sketch redrawn on duck cloth

I changed my mind on the black back ground after sewing all the loose fabric down.  It looks too much like it is the dog's fur.   Here is a cropped pic of the before and after change.